Every night residents of Shangri-La in southwestern Yunnan province go dancing in one of the city’s main squares.
Square dancing in Shangri-La
They perform the traditional Tibetan “Guozhuang” dance, a symbol of harmony and hospitality.
Does the name “Shangri-La” sound familiar?
It’s the name of a mythical utopia in the novel and later movie Lost Horizon. It's also an international hotel chain.
The city changed its name from Zhongdian in 2014, to promote tourism based on the mythical utopia.